KOTA KINABALU - The Catholic community here has come together to help typhoon disaster victims in the Philippines, donating their Sunday mass collection to help relieve the hardship faced by those suffering from the devastation.
The collection came from the Sacred Heart Cathedral here and the 19 parishes under the Kota Kinabalu diocese. These include Catholic churches in Labuan and the interior Ranau district.
Sacred Heart Cathedral assistant rector Father Jeffrey Gumu said the donations reflected the concern of the Catholic community here on the plight of the victims in typhoon-battered Leyte province.
“The church is not just for prayer but also for action,” he said, adding that the Kota Kinabalu diocese would be liaising with the church in the Philippines as to how the funds would be channelled.
Father Jefferey said the idea of collecting the donations came at a recent meeting among the priests within the diocese.
“Pope Francis had said that we should be a church that is poor and for the poor. We want to see how we can help the less fortunate and this is one way,” he said.
Retired journalist Datuk Joseph Leong, who was among those who attended the English mass at 9am presided by Monsignor Primus Jouil at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, said they took seriously the appeal to help the typhoon victims.
“Normally the men would already have some amount of money for the collection in their shirt pockets. But after the Monsignor announced that the collection was for the typhoon victims, many pulled out their wallets to take out more,” he said.